Double Thumbs Dresses #89

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! We both had our babies over Christmas and New Year (check out our Instagram for lots of baby spam) so the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat while we both spend time with our beautiful newborns and learn how to function on very little sleep! I am just about coming out of the foggy mess that was the first few weeks and, as my baby has decided to take a nap, I thought I’d dust off the old keyboard and find some dreamy dresses!

*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*

Stripe Belted Dress £55 from Yumi
Stripe Belted Dress £55 from Yumi

First up, we are absolutely loving the new Yumi collection! It’s full of beautiful bold colours, fun prints and some excellent frocks! Our pick of the bunch is this Kate Spade-esque striped beauty. It’s a clear winner and, thanks to those lovely buttons, breast feeding friendly too! Hoorah.

Posy Shirt Dress £90 from Boden
Posy Shirt Dress £90 from Boden

We always love seeing what Boden have up their highly fashionable sleeve and their latest offerings are, as is to be expected, rather wonderful indeed. We are digging this retro long-sleeved shirt dress (BF friendly once again!) that has a super flattering fit and flare shape. It is however the fab botanical garden print that makes this one a knock out! If pink isn’t your thang it’s also available in navy.

Flower Power Pleats Dress £95 from & Other Stories
Flower Power Pleats Dress £95 from & Other Stories

Oh my God it’s like a magical unicorn threw up on a dress! This & Other Stories number is simply heavenly. It has everything! Pleats! Frills! Buttons! Colours! Sleeves! Flares! As the kids say, I die.

Ponte Fluted Dress £22 from Tu Clothing at Sainsburys
Ponte Fluted Dress £22 from Tu Clothing at Sainsburys

How dreamy is this dress by TU? I always find Sainsbury’s have incredible clothes but sadly for me (not so much for my bank balance) my local store doesn’t stock fashion. It’s a good job they sell some of their pieces online now! Anyhoo, I’m totally obsessed with those fluted sleeves!

Fast Cars Pleated Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Fast Cars Pleated Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Dino Sleeveless Dress £60 from Cath Kidston
Dino Sleeveless Dress £60 from Cath Kidston

Argh my novelty print klaxon cannot cope with these new Cath Kidston dresses! I also cannot cope with the fact that I won’t be able to wear either until I’ve stopped breast feeding. I NEED BUTTONS, PEOPLE. The fast car print is excellent fun and I actually really love the beige colour it’s set against. This new CK shape with sleeves and pleats is also a winner and one I hope we see more of in the future. The roarsome dinosaurs are also a sure fire hit especially as they appear on the classic CK sleeveless shape. I am all about those hidden pockets.

Poppy Print Waisted Dress £46 from Warehouse
Poppy Print Waisted Dress £46 from Warehouse

As my new baby (have I mentioned that I had a baby?) is called Poppy, it’s only right that my wardrobe should be full of them. Weirdly, the high street seems to know about this as poppy prints seem to be popping up left right and center. This Warehouse number is my current fave, mostly due to that stretchy waistband. I am all about a bit of stretch right now.

Floral Print Ruffle Trim Dress £62 from Next
Floral Print Ruffle Trim Dress £62 from Next

Good ol’ Next have got some lovely pieces in at the moment. There’s just so much detail on this stunning floral print and the high neck looks so fab with the ruffles and long sleeves. Dreamy.

Ruffle Striped Shift Dress £45 from M&S
Ruffle Striped Shift Dress £45 from M&S

Speaking of ruffles, I am also a big fan of this nautical but nice striped shift dress from M&S. It’s such a great silhouette and, praise be, there are buttons!

Frilled dress £25.99 from Pull and Bear
Frilled dress £25.99 from Pull and Bear

Last but not least, it would be remiss to be this close to Valentine’s Day and not feature a red dress! This frilled frock from Pull and Bear ticks all the V Day boxes and it’s a bit of a bargain too. You’re welcome.

Jx

Festive Prints with Emily and Fin

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Victoria is wearing the totally gorgeous Swiss Chalets Print* which features a sumptuous ski scene set in the mountains of Switzerland. The perfect retro winter wonderland! It looks super cute and the lovely blue and green shades really make it pop. The dress is available in two styles, with Victoria opting for the sleeveless ‘Penny’ which has a flattering fitted bodice and semi-full mid-calf length skirt. She teamed it with as many glittery accessories as possible, including a gold belt from Dorothy Perkins, sparkly polka dot tights from Topshop and glittery black pom pom pumps from Kaleidoscope*. Not a salopette in sight!

I had been eyeing up the beautiful Ornamental Lights Print* since I first spied it back in the Summer! I knew it was going to be the perfect Christmas print and oh boy was it worth the wait! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights during the festive period?! It’s such a fabulous print and the colours of those delightfully decorative lights really work nicely against the cool grey colour of the dress. Again, this dress is available in two different styles (plus a top and some incredible pyjamas!) with this being the ‘Lucy’. I always love the ‘Lucy’ shape as the A-line shape is just so easy to wear and lends itself nicely to twirling. I styled my dress with some super duper shimmery tights from UKTights* and some gold flats from ASOS (similar here)

I should also add that we both sized up at least once for these dresses as we are now, drum roll please, 38 and 32 weeks pregnant! Can you believe it? I think these frocks do quite the excellent job of disguising the massive bumps! If you’re not epicly pregnant then these dresses do run true to size.

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Loving your work as always, Emily and Fin!

J&Vx

Mickey Mouse x Cath Kidston

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Do you remember back in September when we stepped out in matching twee as anything Winnie-the-Pooh dresses from the extremely popular Disney X Cath Kidston range? Well, they’ve only blooming done it again! This time we’ve gone full on red, black and blue for the brand new CK range dedicated to Mickey Mouse and his beloved Minnie! Mickey Mouse X Cath Kidston launches online at 8pm on Friday 2nd December and our advice is to get ready! If it’s anything like the super cute Winnie-the-Pooh range, you will need to be real quick if you want to get your hands on your favourite item from this collection – you may even want to schedule a trip to your nearest store for opening time on 3rd December. We wish you luck!

We’ve styled the spotty fit and flare dress* and matching skirt* (how cute is Minnie?!!), statement rucksacks* and those ridiculously cosy knits*! But it’s not just clothing and bags those cheeky mice have taken over! From mugs to brollies, there’s lots available for all budgets and all in time for Christmas. Bravo Cath Kidston, you’ve aced this collaboration! We have been living in these seriously snug cardigans since they dropped through our letterboxes last week, and the city scene rucksacks have proven to be really popular whilst out and about. Both items will definitely be staples in our post baby wardrobes, if we manage to make it out of the house that is.

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Let us know your favourite piece from the collection!

V&Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #88

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! You can blame pregnancy for the reason it has been a while since our last DT but I’ve seen so many AMAZING dresses this week that it felt rude not to dust off the old keyboard. Apologies in advance to your bank balance! Let’s crack on…

Dogs Viscose Twill £75 from Cath Kidston
Dogs Viscose Twill £75 from Cath Kidston
Mono Cats Viscose Piped Shirt £75 from Cath Kidston
Mono Cats Viscose Piped Shirt £75 from Cath Kidston

It’s raining cats and dogs at Cath Kidston HQ and this novelty print lover couldn’t be happier! Those colourful pups are perfection and are sure to leave people hounding you for style tips whenever you wear it! And how cute are those kitties? The retro collar is just puuurrrfect and I love the blue and white combo. The only bone I’ve got to pick is how I’m going to afford both!

*Click individual dresses for direct links*

Ornamental Lights £70 from Emily and Fin
Ornamental Lights £70 from Emily and Fin

Spoiler alert! This gorgeous Emily and Fin frock is going to be appearing in an upcoming style post but I simply couldn’t leave my favourite festive frock out of Double Thumbs. I absolutely adore this dress! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights? Gorgeous!

Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Dress
Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Dress £49.50 from M&S

Yes to absolutely everything about this M&S dress! It’s gold, it’s shiny, it’s got sleeves, ruffles and a big ol’ Christmas bow. I am sold!

Martha Library Book Print Dress £35 from Joanie
Martha Library Book Print Dress £35 from Joanie

As a librarian, I was always going to need this novel frock from Joanie and despite being 38 weeks pregnant I may have made a cheeky purchase! I look forward to fitting into it one day! I just couldn’t resist those glorious book shelves. What a fab print.

Magic Tree Shift Dress £55 from Warehouse
Magic Tree Shift Dress £55 from Warehouse

Hooray! It’s an enchanted forest in dress form! Isn’t it just lovely? This Warehouse number is rather magical and I for one am pining for it.

Javah Telephone Print Shift Dress £149 from Ted Baker at House of Fraser
Javah Telephone Print Shift Dress £149 from Ted Baker at House of Fraser

Ring ring – it’s your bank manager on the phone. He wants to know why you’ve spent a small fortune on novelty dresses. Oops! How is one supposed to resist such marvelous prints though? These Ted Baker telephones are calling my name! It’s also available in navy blue if you, like me, are prone to spilling mulled wine down everything.

Long Sleeve Christmas Dress in Red £160 from Palava
Long Sleeve Christmas Dress in Red £160 from Palava

Masters of the perfect print, Palava, have totally nailed the ultimate Christmas day frock with this ravishing red number. How beautiful are those illustrated Christmas trees? It’s the most lovely festive scene and I want to twirl around it immediately.

'Holly' Space Dog Print Blue Swing Dress £35 from Lindy Bop
‘Holly’ Space Dog Print Blue Swing Dress £35 from Lindy Bop

And finally, courtesy of Lindy Bop, a dress perfect for all seasons! Who doesn’t want to wear a space scene featuring dogs in flying saucers? A BORING PERSON, THAT’S WHO.

Jx

Maternity Multibuys with JoJo Maman Bébé

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Having featured their dresses before, we were both keen to get hold of more nursing dresses that we can wear when breastfeeding (if it all goes to plan!) but look equally fab whilst we are pregnant. I (Jo) went for Floral Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress* with Victoria plumping for the Stripe Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress*. Both dresses are so comfortable and, we think, are super flattering. They both have pockets (yay) and thanks to the fabric, require no ironing whatsoever! Hoorah! The hidden openings for breastfeeding are so discreet and clever and if buying two dresses you can save £10. Sold! I teamed my dress with a red floral statement necklace from Tatty Devine (similar here), maternity leggings* from JoJo Maman Bébé and my trusty Tan ‘Marina’ Lace Up Boots from Dorthy Perkins. Victoria broke up her stripes by adding an old black belt and is wearing maternity tights* from UKTights and Tan Chelsea Boots* from Boden.

Our next look is a bit of a bold step for us as it involves, wait for it, TROUSERS! Who knew we could wear them? We were both were keen to get hold of black jeans so chose two different styles and, once again, you can save yourself £10 when buying two pairs. I went for the Black Super Skinny Maternity Jeans* which actually fit like a dream. I was worried they they might be too tight but there’s still plenty of stretch around the middle and I’ve been living in them since they arrived! Victoria chose the Supersoft Maternity Skinny Jeans* which don’t really feel like jeans at all making them oh-so-comfy. Finally, to complete our look, we chose two of the Breton Stripe Feeding Tops* in different colours (you can save yourself a Fiver when doing this). We love how clever the double layer system is, making breastfeeding so much easier and the cut is flattering yet roomy. As is often the way, we both accessorised in a similar fashion! My cosy grey hat is from M&S (similar here) while Victoria’s black floppy hat is from ASOS. We both also went for gold glittery trainers (even the most casual of outfits can benefit from a bit of sparkle) with mine from Keds for Kate Spade and Victoria’s from La Redoute (sadly they seem to be sold out).

You might also notice that we are sporting some rather fetching brown leather satchels. These are actually Chester Satchel Changing Bags* and are going to be used an awful lot of the coming months/years! Each bag is packed with useful pockets and compartments and comes with an insulated removable bottle bag and a padded changing mat. It just goes to show that even the most practical of pieces can still be stylish!

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You can find the full range of JoJo Maman Bébé multibuy items here! Happy shopping!

J&Vx

Dreamland Margate

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Back in the Summer we grabbed our BFF Ellie from Better Bristol and Beyond (new blog klaxon!) and jumped straight on the Dreamland bandwagon. We had spotted several other bloggers had been along and enjoyed it’s colourful rides, tasty hot dogs and retro rollar disco, and as we had a girly weekend away already booked in neighbouring Whitstable, it would have been a crime against Instagram not to spend a day thrill seeking in sunny Margate and join the fun! As Jo and I are pregnant we were quite limited as to what rides we were able to go on, but we were more than happy to spend our afternoon indulging in fizzy pop and donuts whilst Ellie roadtested the rides. If you couldn’t tell by that huge smile, the rainbow slide above was her favourite.

We had such a great time soaking up the atmosphere and admiring all the deligtful retro touches. Dreamland really did live up to the hype! We also really really enjoyed the food  (hello hotdogs!) and Ellie was full of high praise for their extensive (and delicious) vegetarian options. We also really liked how all the staff seemed to be having a ball and it was hard not to be swept up with their joy.

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We wanted to go for a retro vibe for the occassion and, as our bumps weren’t so big back then we were still able to squeeze into a shirt and skirt combo! Victoria wore her Spotty Shirt* from Sugarhill Boutique, a Demin Skirt* and bag* (similar here) from Boden, cat eye sunglasses from ASOS (similar here) and glittery trainers from La Redoute. I wore my beloved cat shirt (can’t wait to fit into that bad boy again) from Topshop (similar here), skirt* from Boden, Pink Trainers* from Superga and a bag* from Boden. Ellie wore the incredible pencil dress from Cath Kidston that all three of us own!

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J&V

Chevron Stripes and Snow Scenes

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Chevron Stripes and Snow Scenes | She and Hem | Aspire Style

When Aspire Style got in touch to ask if we’d like to style a few pieces from their ‘New In‘ section, we were a little nervous. Not because we didn’t think there would be anything that we liked, but because we were concerned we wouldn’t be able to fit into anything! These bumps are getting out of hand! How wrong we were though, as our favourite maternity fashion hack (sizing up) worked a treat.

Jo’s chevron stripe shift dress* by Closet is so striking, it’s a must for any chevron fan. Keen readers may have also spotted that it fits all of She and Hem’s dream dress requirements; it’s a good lentgh, has cute sleeves and most importantly…pockets! Dreamy. Jo kept her styling simple with black Boden boots* and spotty grey tights* from UK Tights. I picked the adorable Julita snow dress* by Louche in the hope that I’ll be able to squeeze into it a few more times over the festive period. With its Christmas trees, deer and snowflakes, it could just be the perfect Christmas print! I would say it hits the right balance between twee and subtle, but then again, during they festive period, I think anything goes. Next time Louche, plonk some candy canes on it will ya?

Whilst browsing Aspire, I spotted that fabulous pink fluffy jumper* by Yumi. Now, while I’m not usually a huge fan of pink (it doesn’t really get my party started), I felt like it had to be mine. Thanks to the loose fit, I’ve recently been layering it over a maternity top and teaming it with jeans and boots, and boy oh boy it’s like a big, warm hug. As we shot this on quite a chilly day, I wore some thick maternity tights* from UK Tights and blue Boden boots* (similar here).

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Have you spotted any festive pieces that take your fancy?

V&Jx

Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special*

Hello and welcome to the 39th Accessories to Murder. This week, I’ve found myself searching high and low for fun maternity clothes that can loosely be termed accessories! So be warned dear reader, the list I’ve put together is mostly bits and bobs I like that aren’t dresses. But fear not, we are saving those beauties for Double Thumbs Dresses!

Right, without further ado, here’s a lovely list of all the things that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted. Check out the archives here!

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Asos Maternity Denim Dungaree with Rips | £45 | ASOS
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
Tweed Princess Line Maternity Coat | £69 | JoJo Maman Bebe
Accessories to Murder #39 *Maternity Special* | Maternity Clothes | She and Hem
Maternity Chevron Teddy Robe | £32 | Topshop
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Polka Dot Button Down Maternity Blouse | £42 | Seraphine
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HURRAH FOR GIN | £45 | The FMLY Store
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Black Spot Maternity Bikini | £25 | Mothercare
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MAMA Mesh Top | £14.99 | H&M Maternity
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Fleet Street Baby Changing Bag | £94 | Radley

Until next time, keep accessorising!

Vx

Boden in Colour

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Ding ding! It’s new Boden time! The happiest of all occasions. We always get overly excited when a new Boden catalogue lands on the doormat and many a She and Hem whatsapp image is exchanged as we eye up on new favourite pieces. We’ve been super lucky to work with Boden over our blogging years and they really are such a standout brand who never fail to make us smile. They recently celebrated their 25th Birthday so we would just like to wish them many happy returns (perhaps not the best turn of phrase) and here’s to many more colourful years!

Now onto the clothes! I know we’ve been real quiet about it but if you hadn’t heard, both of us our expecting little ones over the coming months. As you can imagine this has had a slight impact on what we’ve been able to wear of late and we were both a bit concerned that our beloved Boden wouldn’t be bump friendly. Ha! How silly we were as thanks to a bit of sizing up (we both went up two sizes) we both managed to comfortably fit into our dream frocks of choice. I (Jo) went for the rather sixties inspired Ursula Dress* which it’s fair to say I’m totally obsessed with. Besides looking, in my opinion, super stylish, it also refuses to crease (and as someone who considers the bedroom floor a wardrobe I applaud this) and is now my absolute go to frock for easy wear. I love the colour, plus the sleeves and pockets mean this dress ticks all my boxes! Victoria plumped for the flattering Mollie Dress* in Navy Eclipsed Spot and oh boy is this the perfect Autumn frock. We love the fun 3/4 length sleeves and the eye catching circle print! Again, it’s a really easy to wear fabric which makes it excellent maternity wear, plus it nips in at all the right places! Victoria was sure looking jolly in her Mollie.

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And what Autumnal outfit isn’t complete without some boots to stomp through the leaves in? We both opted to style our dresses with the iconic Chelsea Boot* and I’m pleased to report that even with my swollen feet (TMI) these boots are outrageously comfy and definitely designed with long autumnal strolls in mind! They are the perfect all rounder and will look fab throughout the season with trousers, skirts and dresses (plus optional chunky tights of course).

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J&V xx

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look

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Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Around this time last year we picked our favourite colourful tea dresses from Love Ur Look, and they went down a storm. This year, if you can believe it, things have only gone and got even more colourful! Even though we’ve gone with a similar tea dress style, this isn’t a case of same old, same old, as we’ve doubled down on the fun factor with these two beauties. Both dresses look exceptionally pretty with their tie waists and cute sleeves, and they are so flattering that they even do an excellent job of hiding our ever growing baby bumps! Neither are maternity dresses, but that doesn’t hold us back when we see an fabulous frock. We both tend to size up when the dress has a relatively loose fit and it always seems to do the trick, as there was plenty of room for the babies and the huge afternoon tea we ate after the shoot (see here)!

I (Victoria) was blown away with the 1950’s Doris Door Dress*, because it reminds me of all the glorious doors in my Bristol neighbourhood, so much so that I now refer to this as my “Bristol Door Dress”. Hopefully Love Ur Look won’t mind. I’ve only worn it once, but it had so many compliments that I’ve decided save it to wear to a wedding next weekend. I absolutely love the wide neck and big yellow buttons, it’s just so blooming fun! Jo’s equally excellent Pink Candy Print Dress* features cupcakes, donuts, milkshakes and more. Just when you think it couldn’t get any sweeter, you notice the special touches like the yellow rim, giant green buttons and charming cap sleeves. And that’s not even the best Love Ur Look news! Since we shot these pictures, both dresses have gone into the sale. Hooray! It’s especailly good news as I’ve fallen for this Green Apple Shirt Dress. Core blimey. Hopefully I’ll pip everyone else to getting hold of that!

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Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

Vintage Style from Love Ur Look | She and Hem

What’s your favourite Love Ur Look piece?

V&Jx